Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V is big and ugly, at least to most. But if all other indoor antenna options fail, it's your best bet for getting free over-the-air TV without resorting to a rooftop antenna.
It leaves smaller antennas in the dust. It comes as no surprise that this big antenna pulls in signals that are simply out of reach for more petite competitors. The Solid Signal Blog tests the ClearStream 2V against the Solid Signal HD-Blade (Est. $30) -- a Solid Signal-made flat antenna that's very similar in looks and performance to the Mohu Leaf 30 (Est. $35) -- and finds that the 2V performs much better, even when mounted in a less-than-ideal orientation considering its somewhat directional design. User reviews at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com are ample and largely positive -- roughly 92 percent of the nearly 875 owners posting at BestBuy.com say they would recommend the ClearStream 2V to a friend.
Maybe your friends and loved ones will think it's a modern sculpture. Speaking realistically, you need to really want to have an indoor antenna for TV reception to consider the ClearStream 2V a welcome addition to your viewing room. Its large size (20 by 35.5 by 6.5 inches) is impossible to miss in plain sight, though if luck is with you, you may be able to tuck it behind a piece of furniture or your TV. If outdoor mounting is a possibility, the ClearStream 2V is built to withstand such use. Another popular alternative is to mount this antenna in an attic.
It's a balancing act. For the money, no other TV antenna in its reception class performs better. However, there are certainly trade-offs in terms of aesthetics if you are considering using the ClearStream 2V for indoor use. If you live in an area where signals are reasonably strong, a smaller, much easier to hide, and less-expensive antenna such as the Mohu Leaf 30 could do the trick. In areas where even the ClearStream 2V won't work, a large, roof-mounted antenna could be you next best option.
Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V Reviews
1. The Solid Signal Blog
The Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V is compared to a flat antenna -- the Solid Signal HD-Blade, which similar to the Mohu Leaf 30, Winegard FlatWave (Est. $35), etc. Though the ClearStream 2V is placed in a position that does not maximize its performance, it clearly pulled in more signals.
Review: Hands On with the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V, Part 2: Indoor Test, Stuart Sweet, Oct. 22, 2012
More than 870 users weigh in on the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V at BestBuy.com. Satisfaction is high; while the antenna does not please everyone, it earns a recommendation from 92 percent of users, and a 4.4-star rating.
Review: Antennas Direct - ClearStream 2V Long-Range HDTV Antenna - Black/Silver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2016
Though Amazon.com lumps together reviews of other, very different antennas -- such as the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse (Est. $40) -- nearly all of the just over 1,000 reviews here are for the ClearSteam 2V. Again, satisfaction runs very high -- especially relative to most other HDTV antennas with large amounts of feedback -- and the antenna earns a rating of 4.5 stars.
Review: ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount - 60 Mile Range, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2016